Friday, July 13, 2012 7:49 am
I fancy myself a halfway intelligent person, but I always seem to make the most head-smackingly stupid mistakes. A “for instance” would be the fact that I didn’t realize the News-Sentinel had an early deadline for the Fourth of July holiday, and found myself prepping for a late screening of “Magic Mike” as I discovered that the Lodi Living section was getting ready to go to press. It seems my stupidity knows no bounds.
Friday, July 29, 2011 8:27 am
My instructions for this week weren’t very specific — I was
simply assigned to write up something “food-related” to stay with
the theme of this week’s Lodi Living. And when I’m not given
ironclad instructions, I tend to take advantage of the situation
and use it as an excuse to get a little weird. So, I present to you
a painstakingly assembled hodgepodge of awesome food-related things
in movies, in no order and adhering to absolutely no rules or
guidelines. Bon appetit?
Friday, October 29, 2010 8:30 am
Time has flown by so fast these past few weeks that I’ve barely
had time to savor the build-up to Halloween. No matter: This week
I’m making up for lost time with a look at “Paranormal Activity 2,”
along with a short run-down on some random horror flicks I’ve seen
in the past week or so. (The old “Film Log” feature is returning,
thanks to Battle Royale, so be on the lookout as I attempt to log
mini-reviews for every movie I watch. I usually average about four
or five a week. Also, please see the sidebar for a brief update on
the blog goings-on.)
Friday, October 22, 2010 7:56 am
Back with a proper review this week, although we’ll also delve
into all that fun auteurism stuff again. Next week, I’ll take a
look at “Paranormal Activity 2” just in time for Halloween. (It
strikes me as a completely unnecessary cash-in sequel to a film
that was perfect as a stand-alone, but there’s always a slim chance
the filmmakers learned from last decade’s “Blair Witch 2” fiasco,
and ensured that their movie augments an established mythos instead
of, you know, taking a giant dump on it.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:15 pm
All jabs aside, here is my list of top 20 movie scenes. Unlike
the others, though, I have no way of listing them an any kind of
order. The top three are my actual three favorite scenes, but after
that they are in no particular order.
Saturday, April 10, 2010 12:00 am
The big-budget remake of the '80s cheeseball classic "Clash of
the Titans" has arrived with much fanfare, and count me alongside
the legions of fans who have, thus far, made the movie an even
bigger hit than anyone expected.
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:00 am
The end of the decade coincides with the 10-year anniversary of
this column, and what better way to mark the occasion than with an
obsessive ranking of the decade's best films?
Saturday, October 10, 2009 12:00 am
Between Pixar's "Up" and Disney's release of Hayao Miyazaki's
"Ponyo," 2009 had already cemented itself as a notable year for
animated films in general and Disney presentations in
Friday, May 22, 2009 10:00 pm
Friday, June 13, 2008 10:00 pm
Friday, June 6, 2008 10:00 pm
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" ***
1/2 (out of four)
Friday, May 23, 2008 10:00 pm
Friday, May 16, 2008 10:00 pm
Friday, May 9, 2008 10:00 pm
One could criticize "Iron Man" for its lack of creativity, and in a sense that would be a valid complaint. As directed by Jon Favreau (whose previous filmmaking experience is limited to the likes of "Elf" and "Zathura") the movie takes few chances and pretty much plays things by the book. It follows the standard superhero formula in every aspect, and brings nothing new to the genre.
Friday, December 28, 2007 10:00 pm
At long last, Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have resolved
their considerable differences, and are re-teaming to film two more
Middle Earth movies. One will be an adaptation of "The Hobbit," and
the other will be based on various other writings by J.R.R.
Tolkien. Like most "Lord of the Rings" fans, I was initially
psyched at the prospect of a triumphant return to Middle Earth.
Friday, May 11, 2007 10:00 pm
Sam Raimi is best known to general audiences as the creative
mind behind the "Spider-Man" series, and he's most familiar to the
indie crowd for his previous trilogy, the "Evil Dead" horror films.
With two cultural icons like Spidey and Ash under his belt, it can
be easy to forget that Raimi isn't merely a franchise filmmaker. In
fact, his best work was done on a stand-alone film nearly a decade
ago, long before Marvel's web-slinging super hero turned Raimi into
a household name.
Friday, February 2, 2007 10:00 pm
If the primary purpose of cinema is to show us things we're
unable to see in our dull real lives, and to allow the viewer to
experience an unfamiliar situation vicariously, then nobody has
more use for "snow movies" than Lodians. So you don't feel like
trekking up to the mountains on a day trip in order to get your fix
of that elusive white wonder, take a trip to the video store
instead and check out these frosty treats, which for my money offer
more thrills than any old ski slope.